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Fish Stock Survey of Transitional Waters in the South Western River Basin District 2019– Ilen estuary

This report presents fish capture data collected during Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) surveys of transitional waterbodies. This report focuses on the survey which was conducted within the Ilen estuary in the south west of Ireland. It was conducted primarily to designate an ecological status based on fish populations, as per the requirements of the Water Framework Directive (Directive 2000/60/EC). The populations of species of angling of conservation importance are also discussed.

A number of fish sampling methods were used to ensure that a range of habitat types were sampled, thus making it likely that all fish species present in the estuary were captured. A total of 23 species and 1878 individual fish were captured. Current data was also compared to a previous survey in 2008 to assess how fish populations have changed in the intervening years.

Topics: Transitional Waters 2019 |